Baltimore County had 35 homicides in 2017

Baltimore County had 35 homicides in 2017

TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) - It's a stark difference.

While Baltimore City recorded its deadliest year per-capita, to date, Baltimore County recorded far fewer homicides for the year.

The county, which has about 800,000 residents, counted 35 homicides for 2017, according to a news release Wednesday.

The city, which has about 600,000 residents, finished the year with 343 murders.

County officials also said they have cleared 74.2 percent of the cases. Seventy-four percent of the county's homicides were not random, meaning the victim and suspect knew each other.

That makes the county's homicide rate four per 100,000 residents, down from the rate of six per 100,000 residents in 1992, according to the news release.

The county also had 35 homicides in 2016.

"One homicide is one too many, but I am very proud of our police officers, who work closely with our residents, keeping our neighborhoods safe," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Police Chief Terrence Sheridan said in a statement: "Homicides are very difficult to predict from year to year, and it takes well-trained officers working tirelessly in neighborhoods to build relationships to try and prevent these crimes from happening."

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